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Transcript of Cover Letter Workshop

Ugh... Do I Have To Write A COVER LETTER? YES you do! PREPARE for your interview
EMPHASIZE your greatest
qualities and attributes
DEMONSTRATE your knowledge about the position/company
SHOWCASE your writing skills Cover Letters Help You: Okay so...
how do I start? STEP 1: PREPARE! Review the job description in detail
Outline your qualifications for that
position
Research the employer
Identify why you are a good match Description:
Maloney Properties, Inc. is seeking a full-time Administrative Assistant with experience in overall office operations to work at our Central Office in Wellesley, MA. The successful candidate will be an energetic, team player who looks forward to becoming a member of a dynamic administrative team. Responsibilities include preparing reports and correspondence, greeting visitors, answering and directing calls, and overseeing the front desk duties, receiving distributing and sorting mail, maintaining inventory, ordering and stocking of office supplies, assisting with special projects, coordinating all pick-up and deliveries of same-day and overnight packages, run errands as needed, and provide support as needed to other members of the Central Office Administration Team.

Qualified candidates will have at least 2-4 years of experience in office operations.
Skill set includes strong customer service, organizational, multi-tasking, and time management skills. Excellent written and oral communications skills are a must. Previous marketing experience (i.e. creating brochures, flyers and other marketing materials) is a plus. Proficiency with Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook are required. Experience with Publisher a plus.

The successful individual will have a strong desire to be part of a true, diverse team and to work in an environment that fosters learning and professional development through interaction with other property management professionals in a stable and growing company. Maloney Properties has a proven track record in employee development as it sees its employees as its future leaders. Job Description Research Maloney Properties What is their mission statement?
What service/product do they provide?
Size? History? Workforce?
What about them appeals to you? Underline Key Words customer service
marketing (brochures etc...)
project organization skills
team work
time management
writing reports Choose 2-3 qualifications that fit you! Anatomy of a Cover Letter STEP 2: DRAFT! Salutation/First Paragraph Second/Third Paragraph Last Paragraph Address to specific person
Explain WHY you are writing, WHERE you found the position posting (list complete title of position)
Quick quip re: why that specific company DESCRIBE strongest qualifications-- look at the key words and your outline
DEMONSTRATE with concrete examples DO NOT rehash your resume!
DEFINE why this company-- refer to philosphy or products to show that you've done your research
You can also use this time to very briefly explain any questions raised by your resume Keep it short and simple
Reiterate your enthusiasm for the position
Provide contact info
Thank the employer STEP 3: Proof and Send! Follow employer's application instructions
Email: use a clear identifiable subject line, attach both your cover letter and resume Visit us for Walk-In Hours weekdays from 1:30-3:30PM
or
Make an appointment at MyNEU Questions? http://www.maloneyproperties.com/ Outline your qualifications and how
they relate to the position-- include examples
customer service
"recognized by supervisor for excellent customer service"
marketing
"developed social media marketing plan"
writing
"drafted copyright for email correspondence" Mission: Provide quality affordable properties; respect diversity, empower communities; create stability
Property Management in MA, RI, NH and VT
Founded in 1981; grew from 10-350 employees 200- 8,600 units; women owned Dear Mr. Smith:

I am writing to apply for the Administrative Assistant position at Maloney Properties posted on Fisher College's career website, the Fish*net. I was inspired to apply for the position, because I am eager to contribute to creating better living standards for people at all income levels. Through my academic training at Fisher College, and my experiences in the fields of student development and public relations, I have developed the marketing, customer service, and writing skills necessary to excel in the Administrative Assistant position. As an Office Assistant in the Office of Career Services at Fisher College I created all marketing materials, managed the social media accounts, and drafted the copy for email correspondence to students at the school. After I took over the social media accounts we increased the Office's connectivity 10% and saw a return on the number of students who attended events.

Additionally, in my part-time job at Guess I have been continuously recognized for my excellent customer service skills. I have been able to create a clientele book and as a result have consistently exceeded my monthly sales goals. My combination of experience and education have provided me with the skills to perform as an Administrative Assistant for Maloney Properties. I am excited at the opportunity to work for a women-owned company where I may contribute my talents, but also benefit from excellent role models. I am eager to discuss this opportunity further with you and may be reached at 617.555.5555 or fstudent@fisher.edu. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,
Fisher Student To see more cover letter samples visit: http://www.northeastern.edu/careerservices/pdf/2010Coverletter.pdf Now it's your turn! Take out your job description to complete the exercise Heading Date Their Contact Info To The Body Signature
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